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January 10, 2008
The body of a 20-year-old Santa Ana man who killed himself was found on the beach Thursday morning, police said. Andrew Russell was found on the beach about 7:15 a.m. at the waterline of 16th Street and West Oceanfront in Newport Beach after suffering what police referred to as a single gunshot wound to the head, according to authorities. The shotgun was found beside him on the beach, police said. The apparent suicide occurred near a neighborhood heavily populated by drug and alcohol rehabilitation homes.
NEWS
By Lauren Williams, lauren.williams@latimes.com | August 3, 2011
COSTA MESA - A 69-year-old man was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of shooting two raccoons. Samuel K. Gregory, of Costa Mesa, was taken into custody on suspicion of felony cruelty to animals and willfully discharging of a firearm, said Sgt. Ron Chamberlin, who oversees the jail. A badly injured mother raccoon and a dead kit were discovered at Arbor Street and Whittier Avenue. The two were taken to All Creatures Care Cottage in Costa Mesa between 8 and 9 a.m. Wednesday, said wildlife director Debbie McGuire.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna | August 29, 2008
The arraignment for four alleged gang members accused of shooting a 15-year-old girl in Costa Mesa’s Shalimar neighborhood was rescheduled Friday for late next month. Salvador Burciaga Jr., 19, Cesar Pedroza, 17, Nestor Lopez, 15, and Oscar Ramos, 14, sat shackled in a Newport Beach Harbor Justice Center courtroom Friday morning when they collectively opted to reschedule their arraignments for Sept. 25. Burciaga, also known as “Stalker” and “Sal,” is accused of pulling the trigger during a July 28 shooting in the 700 block of Shalimar Drive in Costa Mesa at about 6:30 p.m. Witnesses said a car did a U-turn on Wallace Avenue where it dead ends on Shalimar Drive, and a man, whom police say was Burciaga, jumped out with a shotgun and ran over to a group of teenagers who had just finished playing basketball.
NEWS
By Lauren Williams | February 27, 2013
Nick Contopoulos was running late for work when he rushed out the door Feb. 19 in hopes of making it to the 6 a.m. astronomy course he teaches at Orange Coast College. Behind the wheel of his car, he thought he heard gunfire. "For some reason I said, 'Oh, that's a shotgun.' It just sounded that way," Contopoulos said. Just before he merged from the Santa Ana (5) Freeway onto the Costa Mesa (55) Freeway, the Irvine resident spotted a white pickup stopped ahead of him. As he braked behind the pickup, he saw a man walking with the stock of a shotgun mounted to his shoulder.
SPORTS
March 8, 2013
MONDAY 8 a.m. – Gates Open 11 a.m. – Monday Pro-Am Shotgun Start TUESDAY 7 a.m. – Breakfast with a Champion presented by The Allergan Foundation (at Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa). The special guest will be Steve Elkington. 6:30 p.m. – Classic Pro-Am Pairings Party (by invitation only) (at Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa) WEDNESDAY 6 a.m. – Gates Open 7:30 a.m. – Morning Shotgun for Classic Pro-Am 1 p.m. – Afternoon Shotgun for Classic Pro-Am THURSDAY 6 a.m. – Gates Open 7:30 a.m. –Morning Shotgun for Classic Pro-Am 1 p.m. – Afternoon Shotgun for Classic Pro-Am 6:30 p.m. – Classic Pro-Am Awards Party (by invitation only)
NEWS
March 2, 2002
Monday, March 4 -- Pro-Am Tournament, 12:45 p.m. shotgun start. Tuesday, March 5 -- Toshiba Classic Community Breakfast, presented by Deloitte & Touche, 7:30 a.m., Newport Beach Marriott. Fuzzy Zoeller is the featured speaker. Player practice rounds -- all day Wednesday, March 6 -- Toshiba Classic Pro-Am, shotgun starts at 7 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. Thursday, March 7 -- Toshiba Classic Pro-Am, shotgun starts at 7 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. Friday, March 8 -- First round of Toshiba Senior Classic, tee times begin at approximately 8:30 a.m. Saturday, March 9 -- Second round of Toshiba Senior Classic, tee times begin at approximately 8 a.m. Sunday, March 10 -- Final round of Toshiba Senior Classic, tee times begin at approximately 7:30 a.m.
FEATURES
February 26, 2008
Monday, March 3  Morning Practice Rounds for Professionals  Monday Pro-Am – 12:45 p.m. Shotgun start   Tuesday, March 4  Open Qualifying (Goose Creek Golf Club, not open to the public)  Morning Practice Rounds for Professionals  Breakfast with a Champion — Presented by The Allergan Foundation — with keynote PGA Champions Tour speakers at Newport Beach Marriott Hotel and Spa, 7 a.m. $100 per person.
NEWS
March 20, 2003
TODAY'S PRO-AM 7 a.m. Shotgun Start 1-A -- Hale Irwin; 1B -- Tom Kite. 2 -- Dana Quigley 3A -- Tom Jenkins; 3B -- Bob Eastwood. 4 -- David Graham 5 -- Ed Dougherty 6A -- Leonard Thompson; 6B -- Vicente Fernandez. 7A -- Tom Purtzer; 7B -- Wayne Levi. 8 -- John Mahaffey 9A -- Allen Doyle; 9B -- Rocky Thompson. 10A -- Tom Watson; 10B -- Bob Gilder. 11A -- Rodger Davis; 11B - Jim Dent. 12A -- Bruce Summerhays; 12B -- Mark McCumber.
NEWS
January 15, 2014
A shotgun found under the passenger seat of a car pulled over by police led to three arrests in connection with a string of burglaries, the Newport Beach Police Department said Wednesday. Christian Whitaker, 21, of Lake Elsinore, Brittany Whitaker, 19, of Murrieta, and Kelsea Blackburn, 20 of Oceanside were arrested on suspicion of residential burglary. They were taken into custody less than a day after a Jan. 9 burglary spree in Newport Beach. Officers pulled the three over for a traffic stop at Dover Drive and Norfolk Lane on Friday afternoon and noticed the firearm, police said in a news release.
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NEWS
January 15, 2014
A shotgun found under the passenger seat of a car pulled over by police led to three arrests in connection with a string of burglaries, the Newport Beach Police Department said Wednesday. Christian Whitaker, 21, of Lake Elsinore, Brittany Whitaker, 19, of Murrieta, and Kelsea Blackburn, 20 of Oceanside were arrested on suspicion of residential burglary. They were taken into custody less than a day after a Jan. 9 burglary spree in Newport Beach. Officers pulled the three over for a traffic stop at Dover Drive and Norfolk Lane on Friday afternoon and noticed the firearm, police said in a news release.
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SPORTS
March 8, 2013
MONDAY 8 a.m. – Gates Open 11 a.m. – Monday Pro-Am Shotgun Start TUESDAY 7 a.m. – Breakfast with a Champion presented by The Allergan Foundation (at Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa). The special guest will be Steve Elkington. 6:30 p.m. – Classic Pro-Am Pairings Party (by invitation only) (at Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa) WEDNESDAY 6 a.m. – Gates Open 7:30 a.m. – Morning Shotgun for Classic Pro-Am 1 p.m. – Afternoon Shotgun for Classic Pro-Am THURSDAY 6 a.m. – Gates Open 7:30 a.m. –Morning Shotgun for Classic Pro-Am 1 p.m. – Afternoon Shotgun for Classic Pro-Am 6:30 p.m. – Classic Pro-Am Awards Party (by invitation only)
NEWS
By Lauren Williams | February 27, 2013
Nick Contopoulos was running late for work when he rushed out the door Feb. 19 in hopes of making it to the 6 a.m. astronomy course he teaches at Orange Coast College. Behind the wheel of his car, he thought he heard gunfire. "For some reason I said, 'Oh, that's a shotgun.' It just sounded that way," Contopoulos said. Just before he merged from the Santa Ana (5) Freeway onto the Costa Mesa (55) Freeway, the Irvine resident spotted a white pickup stopped ahead of him. As he braked behind the pickup, he saw a man walking with the stock of a shotgun mounted to his shoulder.
NEWS
By Lauren Williams, lauren.williams@latimes.com | August 3, 2011
COSTA MESA - A 69-year-old man was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of shooting two raccoons. Samuel K. Gregory, of Costa Mesa, was taken into custody on suspicion of felony cruelty to animals and willfully discharging of a firearm, said Sgt. Ron Chamberlin, who oversees the jail. A badly injured mother raccoon and a dead kit were discovered at Arbor Street and Whittier Avenue. The two were taken to All Creatures Care Cottage in Costa Mesa between 8 and 9 a.m. Wednesday, said wildlife director Debbie McGuire.
NEWS
May 5, 2011
Authorities at John Wayne Airport found a shotgun barrel in an outbound passenger's carry-on luggage Wednesday morning, a spokesman for the federal Transportation Security Administration said. The passenger was preparing to board US Airways Flight 42 to Phoenix. He was stopped at an airport security checkpoint when the X-ray machine detected the barrel of a shotgun in his luggage, said Nico Melendez, a regional spokesman for the TSA. The passenger said he had bought the firearm part at a gun show and thought he was permitted to carry it with him into the airplane cabin, according to Melendez.
LOCAL
October 29, 2009
He may be the king, but police said he still isn’t allowed to carry a loaded gun. In what must have been an odd sight for bystanders, a Newport Beach man dressed as Elvis on his way to a costume party was arrested Saturday night when police found a loaded 12-gauge shotgun in the man’s truck, said Sgt. Evan Sailor. The 21-year-old man claimed he was a coal miner from New Mexico. His Ford F-150 had New Mexico plates but was not registered in the state, Sailor said.
FEATURES
By Joseph Serna | May 28, 2009
As one brewery owner said it, it’s like a wine-tasting event, but less pretentious. On Sunday afternoon, with the sun overhead and the water sparkling underneath, hundreds from around Newport-Mesa and Orange County will crowd onto a triple-decked yacht in Newport Harbor and get down to business tasting local beers and grooving to music. “When everyone thinks beer they immediately think, ‘College keg parties and keg stands.’ They’re usually not like that,” said Aaron Barkenhagen, whose Fullerton-based Bootleggers Brewery will be one of several companies showing off their hops-filled product this weekend.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna | August 29, 2008
The arraignment for four alleged gang members accused of shooting a 15-year-old girl in Costa Mesa’s Shalimar neighborhood was rescheduled Friday for late next month. Salvador Burciaga Jr., 19, Cesar Pedroza, 17, Nestor Lopez, 15, and Oscar Ramos, 14, sat shackled in a Newport Beach Harbor Justice Center courtroom Friday morning when they collectively opted to reschedule their arraignments for Sept. 25. Burciaga, also known as “Stalker” and “Sal,” is accused of pulling the trigger during a July 28 shooting in the 700 block of Shalimar Drive in Costa Mesa at about 6:30 p.m. Witnesses said a car did a U-turn on Wallace Avenue where it dead ends on Shalimar Drive, and a man, whom police say was Burciaga, jumped out with a shotgun and ran over to a group of teenagers who had just finished playing basketball.
FEATURES
By RON VANDERHOFF | August 29, 2008
Late last month, a 57-year-old Milwaukee man was charged with shooting his lawnmower with a sawed-off shotgun. In the ensuing month, comments, some sympathetic to the man’s situation, have been pouring in. According to police reports, Keith Walendowski had been drinking all morning. At about 9:30 a.m., he figured it was time to mow the lawn. So he pulled out his 21-inch Lawn-Boy lawnmower and tried to start it — unsuccessfully. Then he went back to the house, got his sawed-off shotgun and took out his frustrations on the machine.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna | August 21, 2008
The mother of the 15-year-old girl shot last month outside a home in Costa Mesa’s Shalimar neighborhood said the attack has turned her family’s situation from bad to worse — so much, in fact, that they are now asking the public for help. Denise, the victim’s mother, who asked that her family’s last name not be revealed for safety reasons, said the family needs money for the most basic of necessities including food, gas and her daughter’s pain medication, which isn’t covered by insurance.
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